Space Tourism – Hundreds have already booked their tickets and started training for a fantastic space voyage
The space tourism era is on a roll since the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person to go to space. Two companies, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, have been making spacecraft capable of taking private clients to the edge of space for some minutes.
Glenn King is the director of the training. National Aerospace Training and Research Center, a private company based in Pennsylvania, is the training center. The institute has trained nearly 400 passengers who will go on a space trip. The training lasts for two days which involves the trainee experiencing the gravitational force or G-force in a single-seat cockpit having a spinning diameter of about 50 feet.
About 600 people have booked flights on Virgin Galactic, and thousands more are on the waiting list. According to Virgin Galactic the cost per flight is about $200,000 to $250,000. The company hopes to make its first flight in early 2022, however, the partner company, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, has not yet published anything about prices or dates.
The US Federal Aviation Administration recommended a medical history questionnaire for commercial passengers and more detailed form and blood tests, X-rays and urine specimens for the longer flights.
Orbital flights cost millions of dollars each. Elon Musk’s SpaceX envisions the orbital flights and has planned at least four flights in the coming years. The first flight of only civilians, “Inspiration4” is set to take place in September. The American billionaire Jared Isaacman has paid for a trip by SpaceX Falcon 9 that will make a 3-day flight carrying passengers in low earth orbit.
Trip to the International Space Station
January next year, Axiom Station plans to send three newcomers to the international space station with a former astronaut. Seven “space tourists” have visited the ISS between 2001 to 2009.
A company called Space Adventures seeks SpaceX services to send four persons to the earth’s orbit next year. A Japanese billionaire, Yusaku Maezawa, has reserved a flight on SpaceX “Starship” in 2023.
Space tourism to become common
According to Robert Goehlich, it is difficult to say anything at the moment. He further said “a new investor might accelerate any schedule, while an accident might decelerate any planning.”
There are three main factors are required to achieve this feat as soon as possible:
- Flights have to be safe
- Profitable business
- Environmentally friendly